So, you finally have managed to save enough money to purchase a pair of bookshelf speakers? It is the best investment for a music lover like you. Therefore, do not waste any time and begin searching for the speakers already. I tried a few bookshelf speakers and here are the best ones under $5000.
Our Top Bookshelf Speaker Under 5000$
- Best Overall: KEF Q350 Bookshelf Speaker
- Bluetooth: Audioengine Wireless Bookshelf Speakers
- Loud: Polk Audio L200 Large Premium Bookshelf Speaker
- Advanced: Edifier S2000MKIII Bookshelf Speaker
- Wireless: Edifier S1000MKII 120 Watts Bookshelf Speaker
- Easy to install: Klipsch Premiere RP 600M II Bookshelf Speaker
1. KEF Q350 Bookshelf Speaker
KEF is the finest, most trusted bookshelf speaker brand. There are many KEF bookshelf speakers that I truly adore. However, the Q350 is the best of all. Therefore, I decided to give this bookshelf speaker a top position.
First of all, I decided to talk about visual improvements. The KEF is the successor of the Q300, I have noticed the build quality of these bookshelf speakers has improved quite a bit.
If you notice the Q350, these speakers look clean, modern, and pretty sturdy. The speakers look stunning and durable in pictures. However, believe me, they are more handsome and sturdier in real life.
One can not deny the fact that the material used in the speaker impacts the sound. The tweeter material influences the sound like no other thing.
It is believed and even I have observed as well, aluminum and silk are the two best materials for tweeters.
Fortunately, this speaker is made from aluminum. After listening to these speakers many times, I concluded that the aluminum tweeters contribute to producing bright sound at the highest frequencies.
- Highly suitable for gaming consoles, computers, TV, DVD, and music players
- Delivers powerful bass
- Sounds rich
- Does not come with the grills
2. Audioengine Wireless Bookshelf Speakers
Audioengine was founded way back in 2005. It has gained popularity in such a short time. The Audioengine speakers are super forgiving, have great sound, and are easy to use.
Above all, they have unique designs. Therefore, I see no reason to not consider this brand.
We live in a super modern ever-changing world. However, the bookshelf speakers are still overwhelmingly big and heavy.
These bookshelf speakers are quite the opposite. They are compact and lightweight yet powerful enough to fulfill your needs.
Therefore, if you have limited space and want to get a speaker that is easy to carry, I would suggest you consider this one.
This speaker took a few hours to break in. I waited for a while to be able to write about the sound quality better.
Now that the speakers have taken the time needed, I have noticed the sound got clearer, crispier, and louder.
The zero tinniness in the sound has made these speakers my “absolute” favorite.
- Comes in both wired and wireless versions
- Comes with a 3 years warranty
- Requires no network setup or password
- Highly suitable for small spaces
- Comes in stunning colors
- Looks cute
- The bass is not that impressive
3. Polk Audio L200 Large Premium Bookshelf Speaker
I found Polk Audio a “very” reasonable yet reliable brand. This is my go-to brand whenever I’m low on money and still searching for a quality speaker.
Polk Audio manufactures all kinds of speakers, however, it is most known for offering the best speakers for home theater systems.
At the time of purchase, I did not bother about how I’m going to mount this speaker. However, upon arrival, I figured out this is a floor-standing design.
These speakers are fairly large and heavy. Therefore, they can not be mounted on a wall or a stand. If you have no issues with putting the speaker on a table or floor, this is worth considering.
These speakers are not just large and heavy but might as well. To be honest, I’m more of a compact bookshelf speaker kind of person, this holds a special place in my heart only because of the sound quality.
If the sound quality had not exceeded my expectations, I would have returned them as early as possible.
If I get more specific, the speakers are loud and have gloriously clear, detailed, and powerful sounds.
I found the sound of the speakers so unique that I can easily recognize them in hundreds of speakers.
- Improved dispersion
- Powerful clean bass
- Minimized distortion
- Ultra clear and detailed
- A bit large and heavy
4. Edifier S2000MKIII Bookshelf Speaker
If you have read a few of my previous posts, you might know that Edifier is my favorite speaker brand. Therefore, I have tried almost every bookshelf speaker introduced by this brand.
Every Edifier speaker is unique, and after intensive research and comparison, I have found this speaker worthy of purchase.
These bookshelf speakers do not have a typical Edifier look. They are unique and have somewhat 80s Hi-Fi looks.
These speakers are large and heavy. I can not “really” tell what the speaker cabinets are made of. However, they appear quite more durable than most of the speakers from the same brand.
As stated above I’m not a fan of giant speakers, but the sound modes convinced me to purchase, try, and love these speakers. So, the speaker has 4 sound modes; monitor, classic, dynamic, and vocal.
When you turn the monitor mode on the speaker delivers a flat audio response, classic provides HI-FI sound, whereas the vocal focus on vocals. So, this speaker is perfect for all sorts of moods.
- Glossy finish
- Comes with sound modes
- Remote controlled
- Supports 5.0 Bluetooth
- Large and heavy
5. Edifier S1000MKII 120 Watts Bookshelf Speaker
Another Edifier speakers that captured my attention for this post are the S1000MKII. These bookshelf speakers are the predecessor of the above-mentioned bookshelf speakers. They might not be as good as the S2000MKII but still worthy enough for purchase.
Control and compatibility
Like most Edifier speakers, I found this speaker remote-controlled as well. They save my lazy self from walking up to the speaker to adjust the volume or perform other necessary actions.
I liked this remote control addition to my Edifier S1000 MKII speakers and I’m pretty sure you would love it as well.
These speakers are compatible with many devices. So far I only got a chance to connect it to a TV, TV box, Blu-ray player, smartphone, computer, tablet, and my game console. It worked well with all of these devices.
Like the above-mentioned Edifier speakers, these speakers also come with 4 sound modes.
The monitor sound mode gives a flat audio response, the classic has Hi-Fi sound, and dynamically delivers more bass, punchy, and dynamic sound, whereas, the vocal sound mode does exactly what it means(focus on vocals).
- Features Dual DSP processor
- Have 5.5-inch woofer
- Delivers the best sound
- A bit large and heavy
6. Klipsch Premiere RP 600M II Bookshelf Speaker
I would like to wrap up my recommendations with another favorite brand’s (Klipsch) high-grade bookshelf speakers.
This brand has been manufacturing and offering high-end speakers for the last 50 years. Therefore, all the recent speakers are the outcome of years of hard work and experiments. How can these speakers go bad?
I had very high expectations from these bookshelf speakers because they are the most expensive Klipsch I ever purchased.
Surprisingly, these speakers exceeded my expectations by producing a big, bold, and lively sound.
Therefore, if you want your speakers to match your energetic and lively self, there would not be any better option. Investigate more and hit the place an order button to get the immersive listening experience.
6.5″ cermetallic woofers
The size of the woofer is not the only best thing about this speaker. The material (cerametallic) of the woofer is equally rewarding.
Cerametallic is a combination of ceramic and metallic materials. They produce a highly controlled cone movement. Whereas, the size of the woofers offers a good range and makes the speakers super easy to install.
- Delivers incredible sound
- Minimum distortion, maximum efficiency
- Comes with magnetic grills
- Engineered from furniture-grade material
How to Find a Good Bookshelf Speaker Under $5000?
On Amazon and other online platforms, almost every bookshelf speaker sounds promising. Therefore, you should solely not believe what’s written in the product description. Judge the speaker yourself by following things.
Since you strictly do not want to purchase a speaker that cost more than $5000, I would suggest you judge the speaker by price.
$5000 is a pretty decent amount, I’m sure you would not have difficulty finding a good bookshelf speaker. I’m also sure you would have to spend more than $2000 to get a good bookshelf speaker.
The next thing you need to focus on is finding the right type. The bookshelf speakers can be active or passive.
The active speakers have an amplifier already installed, whereas, the passive ones require you to purchase and connect an external amplifier to do the job.
You might see purchasing and connecting an external amplifier as a con, however, it is not. The passive speakers are upgradeable, the active ones do not have this ability.
The sound quality of the speaker should be your major concern. It all depends on your preference, if you want your speakers to sound warm make sure they sound so. Choose and search according to your preference but make sure the speakers are clear.
Even though the speakers do not have to look good, you should still judge them by appearance as well. The speakers must look good and have a compact size. Speakers with a matt finish are more in fashion, do check the speakers you place the order for are not glossy.
Cian has 7 years of experience in the musical instruments industry. His press and research articles are published in many well-known journals. Cian is part of our product testing team so he knows the criteria for the best products. Here at sound keen cian covers how to set up instruments and selection criteria for new products.